Mixed feelings over the town’s top 30 ranking

David Bradshaw from The Pottery Basement in Skipton Street, Morecambe.
David Bradshaw from The Pottery Basement in Skipton Street, Morecambe.
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Morecambe has been ranked number 24 in The Times newspaper’s 30 Best Places by the Sea guide. VisitEngland’s chief executive, James Beresford said: “With a range of great visitor facilities, beautiful country walks and a newly-renovated promenade perfect for watching the sun set over the beautiful bay, Morecambe is well deserving of its place in the list.”

KATHERINE BELLAMYasked Visitor readers for their thoughts on Morecambe’s rating.

Emma Berry, Morecambe

Nationwide branch manager, Lancaster:

“It is good that its managed to rank 24 out of 30. Morecambe is lovely on the front, there’s stunning views on nice days. The cafes are lovely. The town is not so nice. There’s lots of derelict buildings in the town, and not many shops either, especially when you compare it to Lancaster. Nothing really attracts you to Morecambe. I remember coming as a child, though, and the Arndale Centre was really good, not so much now though.”

David Bradshaw, owner of The Pottery Basement in Morecambe for 25 years

“I didn’t see the Times article, but they do always keep the beach nice and clean; they do a really good job. They do allow dogs on, though, which they really shouldn’t. The town is an absolute mess. There’s just so many closed shops, lots of derelict land, and it just gives a really bad impression of the town. I think Morecambe needs to specialise in smaller, individual shops rather than the big chains, as it 
suits Morecambe better, and would improve its image. There’s a lot of room for improvement. I think Morecambe needs a shot in the arm.”

Mandy and Alan House, owners of Pinocchio’s toy shop in Morecambe

“I didn’t know it had been in The Times, but then again we don’t read The Times. We absolutely love the town and the beach - it’s lovely to come and relax at. There’s lots of things for families to do. There’s actually a lot of festivals on this year which is good. The beach is always really clean, they do a good job looking after it. It’s not so good for teenagers, when the weather is bad there’s not much to 
do indoors in the town. We do get a lot of repeat business every year, the same people coming back to Morecambe for holidays.”

The Times’ Top 5 Best Places by the Sea

1) Broadstairs, Kent

2) Dartmouth, Devon

3) Filey, North Yorkshire

4) Eastbourne, East Sussex

5) Fowey, Cornwall.